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PALACE PAPERS

ISSUE 3


All day British dining experience

Our brand new art deco-inspired Haxells Restaurant & Bar, providing modern British cuisine and all-day dining, is now open. With a passion for provenance and a focus on impeccably sourced, top quality ingredients, Haxells is your new favourite London establishment.

To book visit strandpalacehotel.co.uk/haxells


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elcome to the third edition of The Palace Papers, where you can read about our new Restaurant & Bar Haxells, as well as all that is happening in this great city over the Summer months. When the sun is shining, London seems to come alive with restaurants, pop-ups and markets. We hope that this new extended Summer issue will give you the tools you need to make your time in our sunny capital extra special. David MacRae

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Executive Chef Alfonso Salvaggio welcomes us to Strand Palace

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ummer in London is one of, if not my favourite locations in the world to enjoy the season (if the weather plays ball!). The royal parks look wonderful and the streets are packed full of Londoners and London's guests enjoying food and drink all around. It can sometimes be challenging to experience all of the restaurants and bars as first planned when visiting London as there’s simply so much on offer. Having grown up and developed my career as a chef from a young age, there’s nowhere better than London to discover new and exciting dishes. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the hotel, and I thoroughly hope your enjoy your stay in the heart of London. Oh, and I hope to see you in Haxells Restaurant & Bar!

DID YOU KNOW: In all of our deluxe guestrooms, you’ll receive a complimentary book from the Strand Palace Book Club. Every month we offer a new book, courtesy of Pan MacMilllan.

WIN AFTERNOON TEA AT HAXELLS

For your chance to win Afternoon Tea for Two with champagne, follow us on Instagram @strandpalace and tell us who you’d invite. Winner chosen in August.

For more details visit www.strandpalace hotel.co.uk/terms-conditions-social-contest

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dance, food and drink at Walthamstow Garden Party  Until 14 July Watch the prestigious ICC Cricket World Cup at the Kia Oval and Lord’s cricket ground  On selected Sundays, 14 July – 15 Sept Join the festive atmosphere at the pedestrianised Regent Street during ‘Summer Streets’  19 July – 14 Sept Don’t miss the BBC Proms at E Royal Albert Hall  18 July – 11 August Catch a movie at the ‘L.A. Nights’ summer beach party cinema at the Roundhouse  20-21 July Watch the world’s top athletes compete at the Müller Anniversary Games at London Stadium  22 July – 29 Sept Explore Buckingham Palace State Room during the summer  24 July Take an Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba Master Class at Japan Centre Until 31 July Have a Van Gogh-inspired lunch at Tate Britain AUGUST 2 August Explore the gallery after hours, at this month’s Late at Tate Britain 2-4 August See the world’s top riders and horses at the Longines Global Champions Tour at Royal Hospital Chelsea Until 3 August Watch a movie along the Thames, at Movies on the River with City Cruises 3 August Enjoy a traffic-free cycling day in central London at FreeCycle Prudential RideLondon 8-21 August The ‘Film4 Summer Screen’ open-air cinema is on at the Somerset House courtyard F 9-11 August The London Craft Beer Festival is on at Tobacco Dock Until 11 August The EY Exhibition ‘Van the palace papers

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17–18 August The London Dessert Festival is on at The Old Truman Brewery 18 August Don’t miss ‘The Great Fête’ festival at Alexandra Palace 21–22 August Discover Mexican tastes at Rande’s Cena Subterránea pop-up, at different locations in London

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JULY B 1 – 14 July Get your strawberries and cream ready for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships  2-14 July The Flamenco Festival London is on at Sadler’s Wells  5-7 July Wingjam, London’s Chicken Wing Festival and Rooftop Party is on at The Bussey Building, Peckham C 5-14 July The British Summer Time Festival is on at Hyde Park  Until 6 July Open air theatre and performing arts at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival D 6 July Join the city’s biggest party at the London Pride Parade in Trafalgar Square  6-7 July Take a Mary Quant-inspired dressmaking workshop at the V&A  On Wednesdays and selected Sundays from 3 July Taste your way through Chinatown with The Dumped Dumpling Tour  Until 7 July The ‘Sorolla, Spanish Master of Light’ exhibition is on at the National Gallery  Until 9 July Watch the Women’s World Cup live at the Festival of Football, at The Book Club, Shoreditch  11-21 July Don’t miss the ‘Summer Series’ open-air gigs at Somerset House E Every other thursday 11 July – 22 Aug Food, drinks and music inspired by the swinging sixties at ‘The Soultown Supper’, at FEST Stables Market Camden  11-28 July The World Illustration Awards exhibition is on at Somerset House  13 July Brunch and dazzling skylines at the Dayzed Brunch Party, at Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower  13-14 July Spend a day with live music,


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24 August Rugby league fans, don’t miss the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium 24-26 August Get your Caribbean vibes ready for the ultraspectacular Notting Hill Carnival Until 26 August The Frank Bowling exhibition is on at Tate Britain

Until 27 Aug The ‘Writing: Making your Mark’ exhibition is on at the British Library Until 28 August Music, theatre, workshops and more at ‘Summer by the River’ at London Bridge City 29 August Explore the wines of Trentino Alto-Adige at the Petersham Nurseries Deli wine tasting From 29 August Greek island tastes and sounds at ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’, at the O2 Every Sunday Discover culinary treasures at the Secret Food Tour of Shoreditch

SEPTEMBER Until 1 September The ‘Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams’ exhibition is on at the V&A Until 1 September The ‘Lee Krasner, Living Colour’ exhibition is on at the Barbican Every Friday Enjoy your lunchtime with ‘Live at Lunch’ performances at the Royal Opera House 1-30 September Celebrate our beloved river at the ‘Totally Thames Festival’ 7 September Have an outdoor immersive Until 26 Aug dining experience with The Manga exhibition is on ‘Nomadic Presents…A at the British Museum Hidden Woodland Foraged Until 26 Aug Feast’ at Shrubs Wood The AI: More than Human 7, 8 September exhibition is on at the Barbican Last chance to declare the G Wednesday to city’s best chicken wings at Saturday throughout the London Wing Festival, the summer London Stadium Take a Traditional English Until 8 September Food Tasting walking tour, Catch the Natalia by London Food Tour Goncharova retrospective the palace papers

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at Tate Modern 11 September ‘William Blake, The Artist’ exhibition opens at Tate Britain until 13 October The ‘Leonardo da Vinci, A life in Drawing’ exhibition is on at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Until 14 September Marvellous music, drinks and views at ‘Tunes on the Thames’ with City Cruises 14-22 September The London Design Festival is on at the V&A plus different locations across London Until 15 September ‘Stanley Kubrick, The Exhibition’ is on at the Design Museum 21-22 September The city’s greatest buildings open their doors for Open House London H Every Saturday Book a cheese-tasting walking tour around London with The Cheese Crawl until 29 September The Underbelly Festival is on along Southbank I Every day except Sundays Take a delicious Secret Food Tour of London Bridge and Borough Market Every Friday, Saturday and Monday Indulge in chocolate heaven at the Mayfair Chocolate Ecstasy Tour Throughout the year Get your miniskirts and hot-pants ready for the Mary Quant Exhibition at the V&A Until the end of September The ‘Summer of Space’ festival is on at the Science Museum Until 20 October ‘The BP Portrait Award Exhibition’ is on at the National Portrait Gallery Until 20 October The ‘Food: Bigger than the Plate’ exhibition is on at the V&A Until 27 October See Dale Chihuly’s stunning glass sculptures at the ‘Reflections on Nature’ exhibition at Kew Gardens.


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SERVICE! Your table at Haxells is ready…

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ntroducing our brand new art decoinspired Haxells Restaurant & Bar, providing modern British cuisine and all-day dining. Our favourite dishes include grilled marinated tuna, the Haxells burger and the bounteous sharer boards. What’s more, you can enjoy British classics such as fish and chips, sausage and mash and shepherds pie. We also have a selection of vegetarian and vegan options available. Don’t forget to leave space for our Knickerbocker Glory, Eton Mess and fruit salad. It might be an idea before you go to the theatre to book in for afternoon tea. Handcrafted cakes, scones and finger sandwiches are accompanied by champagne and 13 different specialist varieties of tea from the Tea Palace. We also have a large private dining room available which can seat 48 guests, where you can entertain over breakfast, lunch, tea, drinks or dinner. If you have any allergies or food intolerances, please let one of our team know about your requirements and we will be more than happy to accommodate. to book please visit strandpalacehotel.co.uk/haxells

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IT’S TIME FOR TEA MEET THE EXPERT “A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards”AA Milne

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e may be known as a nation of tea drinkers, but “very few of us have ever had the opportunity to enjoy a proper cup of tea” according to Paul Ibbotson, director of Tea Palace, tea suppliers to Afternoon Tea at Haxells. As with wine, teas vary by harvest, estate, country and even what time of year the tea is grown, yet these factors aren’t a common consideration in the UK. Over 90% of teas drunk in the UK are black blends made with the lowest grade leaves and typically include 15-30 different teas blended together. Yet there are single estate black teas, green teas from China and Japan, oolongs (semi-fermented teas) and white tea just waiting to be enjoyed. Paul believes those pioneering tea merchants who first introduced us to the wonders of Ceylon, Assam and Darjeeling must be turning in their graves to learn that their endless clipper ocean crossings have resulted in a taste for bargain basement tannic blends! This is why Tea Palace is dedicated to leading the rediscovery of a 'proper cup of tea' and sharing their passion with tea lovers everywhere. Sourced using ethically responsible, Fair Trade principles, Tea Palace offer over 120 loose leaf teas and infusions, including the finest black, green, oolong and white teas, as well as herbal and fruit infusions. For a particularly indulgent experience, enjoy Afternoon Tea at Haxells to taste the special selection of Tea Palace loose leaf varieties accompanied by delicious scones, finger sandwiches, and hand-crafted cakes. www.teapalace.co.uk

LONDON GRAPHIC CENTRE Nomess Splash Tea Towel in yellow £15.99 www.londongraphics.co.uk

BENJAMIN POLLOCK'S TOYSHOP Tea Party Ludo £10.00 www.tattydevine.com

BERRY BROS. & RUDD 2015 Berry Bros. & Rudd Sauternes by Ch. Climens www.bbr.com £14.25

RUSSELL & BROMLEY ‘Igor Jelly’ Jelly Fisherman Sandal £20.00 www.russellandbromley.co.uk

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PAXTONANDWHITFIELD The Paxtons Cheese Collection £43.00 www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

ROCOCO CHOCOLATES Turkish Delight £14.50 www.rococochocolates.com

THE BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE The Strand Palace team have shopping on their minds...

CATH KIDSTON Thames View Tea Plate £8.00 Mini London View Easy Adjust Apron £20.00 www.cathkidston.com

TEA PALACE 'Covent Garden' tea is a blend of black tea and peppermint. It is slightly sweet and spicy, aromatic and energising. £5.25 www.teapalace.co.uk

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TEA? Mick O'Hare sees something in the leaves

BOX OF WEIRD FACTS ABOUT AFTERNOON TEA  The Duchess of Bedford, credited with inventing afternoon tea, has local connections. Her family developed much of Covent Garden and surrounding London.

The name is reflected in Bedford Street, just around the corner, and Bedford Square near the British Museum. Earl Grey tea is flavoured with bergamot. It got its name from Charles Grey, the second Earl Grey, British Prime Minister in the 1830s,

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hether this is your first visit to London or your fiftieth, by now you’ll have noticed that Afternoon Tea is ‘a thing’. In fact you don’t even need to leave Strand Palace to partake – Haxells Restaurant & Bar on the ground floor guarantees you one of London’s finest. Of course, when people list the things they consider quintessentially British, afternoon tea is right up there with cricket, red telephone boxes, rain and warm beer. The American-born author and Nobel laureate Henry James proclaimed “there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” But what exactly is afternoon tea and how did it originate? These days it means a pot of tea (preferably loose leaf ) alongside an assortment of finger sandwiches (cucumber and egg and cress are perpetually popular), plus pastries and cakes, often served on a tiered stand. Technically if you have a scone, jam and clotted cream with your afternoon tea, it becomes a cream tea. Which means you can be a smarty pants and point out to your waiter in Haxells that ‘technically’ you are experiencing the best of both worlds. But where did the ritual of afternoon tea, cream or not, begin? The story goes that some time in the 1840s Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, was finding the wait between lunch and dinner rather too long. She complained of that “sinking feeling” she always had around 4pm (with which many of us will surely empathise). So the duchess asked that bread and butter be served to her mid-afternoon. Her chums got wind of the new trend and joined her. Cakes and tea, served in bone china cups from a silver teapot, were added and suddenly a new

who enjoyed the flavour. Lady Grey wasn’t his wife, it’s just a blend of the tea with less bergamot for foreign markets.  There is endless debate about whether to put the jam or the cream onto the scone first when enjoying a cream tea.

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Fortunately both are correct. Clotted cream is a speciality of the western counties of Devon and Cornwall. Devon puts the cream on first, Cornwall the jam. So if you’re visiting that part of the country make sure you know where the county boundary is.

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We know you’ve been asking what a scone is as you read this. It’s a delicious, traditional crumbly bread which is sweetened and sometimes has dried fruit added.  So how do you pronounce scone? It depends on where you come from. Some


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fashion was born: afternoon tea in the drawing room. By the 1880s, society ladies were dressing in their finery every afternoon to chow down on pretty cakes and dainty sandwiches. They even wore white gloves which could have only added to the laundry bill. Nonetheless that was the vogue. All of which led novelist Mary Elizabeth Braddon to write in 1862 “A pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.” We’ll leave you to discuss the merits or otherwise of the servitude and sexism inherent in her revelation. Of course, tea drinking in Britain goes back well before Duchess Anna. Catherine of Braganza, the Portuguese wife of King Charles II, is credited with bringing a casket with her when she married in 1662, but tea was probably drunk in Britain before that – Catherine merely made it fashionable. And the cream tea has existed even longer than its rival the afternoon tea. Monks at a Benedictine abbey in Tavistock in Devon apparently served bread with clotted cream and jam to the builders repairing their monastery after a Viking raid. That was way back in 997, meaning Devonians have been putting clotted cream on their snacks since before William the Conqueror arrived on English shores. There’s no substance to the rumour that he was after the recipe for scones though. Tea, of course, is the British cure-all. No problem is immune to the soothing powers of the proverbial ‘nice cup of tea’. Some credit it with Britain’s success in the Second World War when, despite the overwhelming military odds, things always seemed a little less bleak after a pot of the good stuff. Whether it’s your first afternoon tea or a weekly treat, enjoy the ritual and be sure to offer a toast to Duchess Anna. Imagine – if she’d never got peckish of an afternoon, we’d all be sitting at home wondering why we felt so bereft.

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and Nobel laureate Henry James proclaimed “there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”’ pronounce it to sound like “stone” others to sound like “skonn”. One is posh, the other isn’t. We think you should discover which is which for yourselves.  165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day! Yes, every day… which amounts to almost

three cups per person. 98% of them add milk, 30% also add sugar. Etiquette demands that you should never look over your cup towards a dining partner when drinking your tea. Etiquette is sometimes a little bit silly.  And although it’s

not totally traditional, some people like a glass of champagne with their afternoon tea. So why not cheat? We’re not looking.  A tea party is a social gathering around afternoon tea. Those who know their history and literature will be aware that

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TEA – A MULTIPLICTOUS ENGLISH WORD Tea is one of those words the English have whose usage can tell you many things about the person speaking. It’s all in the nuance. Of course, when used to mean the drink, it’s the national beverage (although a case could be made for beer. A case can always be made for beer). But whether it’s drunk lightly and daintily as part of afternoon tea, with or without milk, or served strong and brown in big steaming mugs (so-called ‘builders tea’), almost everybody in Britain drinks it on a daily basis. When tea is used as the name for a meal, rather than the drink itself, confusion sets in. In the south of England the evening meal is called dinner, but in the north dinner falls at, er, lunchtime and tea is the evening meal. Afternoon tea is a specific meal taken between lunch and dinner (if you are in the south) or between dinner and, er, tea (if you are in the north). But there’s more. “Low” tea is posher than “high” tea. The upper classes serve “low” tea in the afternoon (yes it’s another word for afternoon tea, but this time its name derives from the height of the table). Conversely, the middle and working classes take “high” tea later in the day (again it’s all based on table height). High tea is therefore paradoxically not something eaten in the higher echelons of society, but is just another word for dinner or, erm, tea. And at that point it’s probably best to stop worrying about it and pour yourself a cup of Earl Grey…

neither the Boston nor the Mad Hatter’s Tea Parties were really parties where tea was drunk, despite them probably being the most famous of all events bearing the name.  Apparently the Mad Hatter was so named because

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mercury was used in the manufacturing of hats in the 19th century, which led to mercury poisoning (or “madness”) among many factory workers. Rest assured that 20th-century afternoon tea is mercury-free and delectable in every way.


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STAGE... Strand Palace sets the stage... MUSICAL  Throughout the year ‘The Lion King’ at Lyceum Theatre  Throughout the year ‘Tina, the Tina Turner Musical’ at Aldwych Theatre  Throughout the year ‘Everybody’s Talking about Jamie’ at the Apollo  Throughout the year ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ at Palace Theatre  Throughout the year ‘School of Rock’ at Gillian Lynne Theatre  4 July – 24 August ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the

Barbican 2 August – 21 September ‘Evita’ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre  Until 24 August ‘Aladdin’ at Prince Edward Theatre  11 September – 19 October ‘Fame’ at The Peacock Theatre  Booking until 26 October ‘Hamilton’ at Victoria Palace Theatre  until 28 September ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ at Playhouse Theatre  Until 7 December ‘Waitress’ at the Adelphi Theatre

DANCE  2-14 July Flamenco Festival London at Sadler’s Wells  4-7 July ‘Ballet Shoes’ by London’s Children Ballet at Peacock Theatre  20 & 21 July ‘U.Dance, National Showcase’ at Queen Elizabeth Hall  29 July – 10 August ‘Spartacus’ ballet at Royal Opera House  2-14 August ‘Swan Lake’ ballet at Royal Opera House  7-31 August ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ballet at Sadler’s Wells  15-17 August ‘Don Quixote’ ballet at Royal Opera House  15-26 August ‘Tales of the Turntable’ dance theatre at Queen Elizabeth Hall  26 September – 5 October ‘REDD’ dance theatre by Boy Blue at the Barbican  30 September – 2 October ‘La Fresque’ by Ballet Preljocaj at Sadler’s Wells the palace papers

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CLASSICAL MUSIC 14 July ‘Carmina Burana’ at Royal Albert Hall  16 July Luka Okros performs Chopin and Liszt at Southbank Centre  Until 20 July ‘Carmen’ at Royal Opera House  Until 21 July ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at Royal Opera House  23 & 24 July ‘War and Peace’ opera at Royal Opera House  7 August ‘BBC Prom 26: Mozart Requiem’ at Royal Albert Hall  3 September BBC Prom 60: Vienna Philharmonic and Bernard Haitink at Royal Albert Hall

MUSIC & FESTIVALS  1 July Cliff Richard at the Old Royal Naval College  2 July Janelle Monáe at The SSE Arena, Wembley  5-14 July Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Robbie Williams & more at British Summer Time Festival, Hyde Park  7 July Gilberto Gil at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire  11-21 July Pioneering musicians perform at Somerset House Summer Series  11 July KISS at The O2 Arena  12 July ZZ Top at The SSE Arena, Wembley

 13 September – 10 October ‘Don Giovanni’ at Royal Opera House  14 September LSO season launch with Sir Simon Rattle, ‘Walton 1’ at the Barbican  18 & 19 September ‘Rachmaninov Symphony No 2’ at the Barbican  23 September ‘Weimar Berlin, To the Cabaret!’ at Queen Elizabeth Hall  27 September ‘Jurowski’s Tchaikovsky’ at Royal Festival Hall  28 September ‘Licence to Thrill, The Music of Bond’ at Royal Festival Hall  17 & 18 September ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert’ at Royal Festival Hall

THEATRE  Until 13 July ‘Death of a Salesman’ at the Young Vic  Until 20 July ‘Rosmersholm’ at Duke of York's Theatre  Until 27 July ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre  29 July – 24 Aug ‘Tree’ at the Young Vic  Until 3 August ‘Toast’ at The Other Palace  7 August – 21 September ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe  Until 10 August ‘Small Island’ at Olivier Theatre  20 August – 14 September ‘Fleabag’ at Wyndham’s Theatre  Until 12 September ‘Bitter Wheat’ at Garrick Theatre  Until October 11 ‘Henry IV part 1’, ‘Henry IV part 2’ and ‘Henry V’ at Shakespeare’s Globe

 12-13 July Solange, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill & more at Lovebox Festival, Gunnersbury Park  14 July Bastille, Friendly Fires and more at Citadel Festival, Gunnersbury Park  9 August Salt-N-Pepa atThe O2 Arena  9 August The Puppini Sisters at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho  17, 19, 20 August Ariana Grande at The O2 Arena  7 September Electric Soul Festival at The O2 Arena  20 September Pixies at Alexandra Palace the palace papers

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STRANDS OF OUR TIME Rachel Meddowes explains how Strand Palace kept the

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uring the 1940s Strand Palace did The chefs at Strand Palace had to be more than ‘their bit’ for the war very resourceful, planning meals efficiently effort, wholeheartedly embracing and improvising their recipes. They also the blitz spirit of the nation and adapting had to do all this using a minimal amount the workings of the hotel and its kitchens of cooker power while still turning out entirely. They provided accommodation wholesome and appetizing food. They for American servicemen seeking refuge, quickly discerned that meat went much sheltered guests in the basement during the further if it was stewed or boiled as opposed air raids and accepted ration vouchers in to roasted or fried. Some typical recipes of their restaurants. the time would have been Pig’s Trotters and The Second World War meant that food Dumplings, Sheep’s Heart Pie, Coe Heel and electricity were in Stew, Tripe and Onions, short supply, and only by Dripping cake, Spotted The Second World apportioning the amount Dick and Eggless Cake. War meant that food and of ingredients available Admirably, with their electricity were in short to each citizen could the stiff upper lip and stoic government ensure that supply - by controlling the commitment to ‘keeping there was enough food calm and carrying on’, the amount of ingredients to go around. Rationing hotel continued to put on available to each person began in 1940 with sugar, its regular dances. After ensured that there was meat, bacon, ham and dinner, guests would while butter, and other items enough food to go around away the hours whirling were added as the siege around to the Lindy Hop, everyone. economy heightened. Jitter Bug and Swing, Vouchers were issued to each person and providing a moment of gay abandon for could be exchanged for provisions at one’s the war-weary Londoners. It’s difficult to local shop or used as currency in restaurants. imagine such hardship today, with Haxells The latter provided a much sought-after offering an endless array of delicious food distraction from the constant threat in the choices over breakfast, lunch, tea and sky above. dinner, and not a ration book in sight.

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Covent Garden is home to all sorts of unusual stories and characters. Jeannine Saba, founder of Covent Garden's local magazine The Covent Gardener tells us about some of her highlights as a resident and our neighbour

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s Editor of The Covent Gardener and a long-term resident of the area, I have the enviable duty of unearthing the most intriguing, delightful and bizarre stories about the history of Covent Garden for my readers. As this issue of The Palace Papers focuses on all things food, I wanted to share one of my favourite stories with you about a character called JA BUTLER and what he sold in The Piazza in the 19th century… When you visit The Piazza during your stay at Strand Palace, stand with your back to St Paul’s Church and look towards the market. You’ll see a square building on the very right of the pavilion on the corner, and it’s from here that JA Butler used to sell hedgehogs. Mr Butler’s name is still there in tarnished lettering, but little else of his unusual trade remains. So why on earth would he sell hedgehogs, and what does this have to do with eating? Well, Mr Butler discovered that hedgehogs themselves have a questionable diet, a staple of which is cockroaches. The fruit and vegetable market attracted cockroaches and other insects by the thousands who came to feast on the discarded morsels left on the ground, and it drove the traders to despair. Enter the

spiky army… I adore these unusual tidbits of Covent Garden's quirky history. The whole story (if you're brave enough to read it) can be found in the summer issue of The Covent Gardener in your room. On to a sweeter and less crunchy subject – I cannot recommend highly enough the delicious and very traditional knickerbocker glory in Haxells Restaurant & Bar in the Lobby. I tried one the other day and was transported straight back to sunny childhood days. Whether you stop for a bite to eat inside Strand Palace or around Covent Garden, you will certainly be spoilt for choice. And don’t worry, the hedgehogs are long since retired…

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Fruit and Veg trader

Eliza James, The Watercress Queen of Covent Garden.

More about Covent Garden and the characters who lived here in the complimentary copy of The Covent Gardener in your room. Follow @thecoventgardener or subscribe at www.thecoventgardener.com the palace papers

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16 RUNNING ROUTE

JOG ON A Midsummer Night’s run from Strand Palace

DIRECTIONS TO GET YOU STARTED: You’ll cover about 3km, so depending on your pace this is a nice half an hour run. This is a lovely evening route, however we suggest you wait until after 7:30pm when the theatre crowds are off the streets and taking their seats! ·Exit the hotel entrance and run down the Strand towards Trafalgar square (aim for Nelson’s Column!) · When you get to Trafalgar square, head through Admiralty arch (once through, aim for Buckingham Palace) · When you reach Victoria Memorial, run to the left of the roundabout keeping the park on your left hand side · Next you will reach Birdcage Walk, keeping St James Park on your left hand side · Keep running until you approach the Houses of Parliament, then turn left onto Victoria Embankment · Follow the River Thames past the Royal Air Force Memorial and Cleopatra’s Needle · At the crossing, continue over and run towards Waterloo Bridge, then run up Savoy Street (prepare yourself for a short and sharp hill!) · Voila! At the top of the hill you have completed your run, with Strand Palace on your left.

TOP TIP: Jogging after-hours (at a high intensity) will help you sleep better at night. Personal Training If you are interested in Personal Training during your stay, trainers Andy, Mei and Mark are based in our fully equipped gym. For enquiries or to book a session in advance, email mei@purusactivehealth.co.uk. For inspiration on workouts designed to be used in our gym follow them on Instagram @mafitness_e.pt the palace papers

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(For a shorter run use Horse Guards Road to cut out St James’s Park, or to extend the route turn up Horse Guards Road onto Birdcage Walk and add an extra lap of the park)


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DID YOU KNOW... Strand Palace have cracked it

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The hotel’s busy kitchen cooks 336,000 eggs every year – if you ate just one of these eggs every day you would need to live until the year 2939 to eat the last one.

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18 SUPPLIERS

BEHIND THE SCENES At Strand Palace, only the finest ingredients will do

MEAT FROM CMB FOODS CMB Foods is a family-run company that draws on over 150 years of family butchery knowledge. CMB Foods supplies Haxells Restaurant & Bar with their range of locally sourced meats and charcuterie, meaning the famous Haxells burger and the tasty Sausage and mash ‘British Classic’ have full traceability and have been minced, diced and made on site by CMB in West Sussex. The company even offers ‘secret recipe’ burgers for several customers; whether Haxells’ is one of them shall remain, well, a secret! www.cmbfoods.co.uk

OLIVE OIL FROM BELAZU Executive Chef Alfonso looks to Belazu Ingredient Company for the freshest and most authentic olive oil. Originally established in 1991 as The Fresh Olive Company, Belazu is one of the catalysts behind the Mediterranean food revolution in the UK and now specialises in a range of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern-inspired ingredients, including Rose Harissa which celebrates its 20th birthday this year! The company is still owned and run by its original founders, and in 2003 the Belazu Foundation was set up to help support disadvantaged families and educational initiatives that build product knowledge and foster a more

positive relationship between kids and the food they eat. The exceptional flavour and creativity behind the Haxells’ menus can be explained by the idea that a meal is only as good as the quality of its ingredients: one of Belazu’s guiding principles. www.belazu.com

TWO TRIBES BREWERY We’re delighted to offer a selection of craft beers from our friends at Two Tribes Brewery. The brewery is located at King’s Cross in a former industrial unit at the renowned creative hub that is Tileyard Studios, and was set up by husband and wife, Justin and Niki. Alongside a core range of three to four beers, Justin uses his ‘intuitive understanding of the craft beer market’ to pioneer a number of fruity and bold flavours, many of which are available in Haxells. Why not pop in and give one a try today? www.twotribes.co.uk the palace papers

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DAY IN THE LIFE The Strand Palace is in very safe hands

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eading Belgian Chef Alfonso Salvaggio has joined Strand Palace as its Executive Chef in April. The hotel is undergoing a hugely exciting multi-million pound refurbishment, the Art Deco-inspired restaurant & bar Haxells has opened its super high tech new kitchen. Salvaggio is of course in charge of all the food in the hotel and oversees the room service, banqueting & dining. He has been fully involved in the redevelopment of the food concept and sourcing the seasonal ingredients

as locally as possible, and his menus champion modern British cuisine. ‘We are serving what everyone loves – traditional classic comfort food with a modern twist, not to mention many vegetarian dishes and of course a great choice of salads and desserts. I am lucky enough to be able to incorporate the influences of Asia & Eastern Europe that I’ve acquired over the course of my career,’ he explains. All-time favourites on offer include: fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, sausage & mash, vegetarian lasagne,

STRAND CROSSWORD Have a go at our teatime puzzler

ACROSS 3 Mary - the creator of minis and hot pants 4 London's famous river 6 The great new bar and restaurant on

the Strand 12 It made the Mad Hatter mad 14 The number of teas available in Haxells 16 Don - he's at the Opera House

and in Haxells 19 Famous for tennis and Wombles 22 The Covent ___? the best magazine for the history of Covent Garden 23 The street for all the palace papers

the big shops 24 The famous ballet 'Bird on a Pond' 25 How many 'Craft Tribes' 26 The bridge that opens 27 It's her needle by Summer 2019/ issue 3

a superfood salad and a vast British cheese board. Those with a sweet tooth will adore the Eton Mess and the knickerbocker glory. Tea time is a colourful affair with fluffy mini scones, coloured breads for the finger sandwiches and a Victoria sponge cake to dream about! Salvaggio joined Strand Palace from the Radisson Blu Portman London and previously worked with prestigious hotels across the globe from Dubai and China to Romania and Belgium. However, it all started in a small village outside Brussels where his parents ran an acclaimed local Italian restaurant. ‘My father was the chef and my mother worked with him. I was always there learning as I grew up, but I wanted to broaden my horizons and see the world, so I studied French Style Cooking in Levven and then started on my working travels, first Belgium and then further afield.’ After living internationally for many years the Salvaggio family grew to include two daughters, and both husband and wife knew they wanted to be back in Europe. ‘I adore historic buildings – Strand Palace is iconic, the dining room is incredibly special and the new kitchens a great pleasure to work in, so we are thrilled to be here.’ the Thames 28 Celine, Robbie and Barbara are all performing in this park 29 The fruit of Wimbledon 31 The school that's always in a mess DOWN 1 The park in front of the palace 2 London's underground 4 The perfect drink for the afternoon 5 Keep this and carry on 7 He died at the Young Vic in July 8 Put your hand out and hail one 9 Great food market by London Bridge

10 A book for the war years 11 This artist is at the Tate 13 The beer at the Tobacco Dock in August 15 They love cockroaches - yum yum 16 Our other great bar that's open till 1.00 am 17 The Duchess who invented afternoon tea 18 Wartime food that kept the pigs on their toes 20 The house for open air gigs in July 21 Egg and ___? traditional sandwich 30 The colour of a London bus

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The Palace Papers - Issue 3 | Strand Palace  

The third edition of the Palace Papers focuses on Summer 2019, and the many events happening in and around London.

The Palace Papers - Issue 3 | Strand Palace  

The third edition of the Palace Papers focuses on Summer 2019, and the many events happening in and around London.